Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. X, No. 4, October

After Netanyahu's Visit: No Peace in Our Time
After Netanyahu's Visit: No Peace In Our TimeOn the day that Jonathan Pollard was visited by three members of the Knesset, and the same day that the head of the Palestinian police force requested and got a meeting with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel,...
Agreement May Give Chechnya Its Independence, Russia a President
Agreement May Give Chechnya Its Independence, Russia a PresidentChechnya's fight for independence has had no specific beginning, and as yet, no definitive end. But the 19th century wars between Chechens and Cossacks that gave rise to endless Russian...
American Muslims and the 1996 Presidential Election
American Muslims and the 1996 Presidential ElectionRecently I attended a conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC held by the Council for American Islamic Relations, CAIR.Several speakers described a poll of Muslim political opinion, Muslim...
An Arab American Muslim for Clinton
An Arab American Muslim for ClintonAs a progressive Arab American active in the political empowerment of Arab Americans in Philadelphia and nationwide, I believe that a vote for Bill Clinton makes sense. First and foremost, we need to dispel the notion...
As Generals Seek Military Solution, Kurdish Problem Poisons Turkish Life
As Generals Seek Military Solution, Kurdish Problem Poisons Turkish LifeDiyarbakir, a dusty frontier post encircled by powerful Roman ramparts on the banks of the Tigris River, has changed unbelievably over the past few years. Ungainly, hastily built...
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? A Pakistani American Muslim for Dole
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? A Pakistani American Muslim for DoleI endorse and will vote for Bob Dole on Nov. 5, 1996. I am a Pakistani American, and this ethnic community has historically leaned more toward the Republicans than...
Clinton's High-Risk Assault on Iraq
Clinton's High-Risk Assault on IraqA nine-year-old boy riding to school Sept. 2 asked his father, "Why is Clinton attacking Iraq? He could start a war over there!" His father, Francis A. Boyle, a professor of international law at the University of Illinois,...
Dr. Hisham Sharabi
Dr. Hisham SharabiSome years ago in Jerusalem I asked an Irish journalist working for the Palestine refugee organization to explain how it was that small Ireland had produced so many famous literary figures such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, George...
Erbakan Striking Balance between Islamic Neighbors and Secular Army
Erbakan Striking Balance Between Islamic Neighbors and Secular ArmyFeeding on a growing anti-Western sentiment at home, Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan is balancing a tightrope as he shifts his country's focus eastward without surrendering...
In Memoriam: Erskine Childers, 1929-1996
In Memoriam: Erskine Childers, 1929-1996In 1974 Yasser Arafat sent condolences on the death of a great friend of the Palestinian people, Erskine Childers. Then, at least, the rumors were, as Mark Twain said, greatly exaggerated. It was Erskine's father,...
Israeli Defense Contract Illustrates How U.S. Aid Harms American Industries
Israeli Defense Contract Illustrates How U.S. Aid Harms American IndustriesIsraeli and Turkish defense officials announced in August that they had concluded a long-awaited defense agreement for modernizing and upgrading Turkey's aging fleet of F-4E Phantom...
New Reports about James Baker Surface in Israeli and U.S. Jewish Press
New Reports About James Baker Surface In Israeli and U.S. Jewish PressTwo revelations popped into the American press in August, one concerning Republican vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp and both concerning former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker,...
Since Oslo, U.S. Has Provided $17 Billion to Israelis, $250 Million to Palestinians
Since Oslo, U.S. Has Provided $17 Billion To Israelis, $250 Million to PalestiniansIn a flurry of activity leading up to the second meeting of President Bill Clinton with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Department of State held the first...
Survey Finds U.S. Muslims Liberal on Public Issues, Conservative on Family Values
Survey Finds U.S. Muslims Liberal on Public Issues, Conservative On Family ValuesA recent public opinion survey of American Muslims by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, DC indicates that America's 6 to 8 million Muslims...
The (Happy) End of the Affair
THE (HAPPY) END OF THE AFFAIRThe Washington Report is wrapping up its 1996 pre-election coverage with this issue, the Last one most readers will receive before the Nov. 5 election. In our July issue we brought readers Washington Report executive editor...
The Torture Death of Mahmoud Jumayal
The Torture Death of Mahmoud JumayalThere are growing signs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) is facing increasing widespread civil unrest reminiscent of the intifada. The election of an intransigent Likud...
Turkey Defies Iran Sanctions
Turkey Defies Iran Sanctions"This provocative act, less than a full week after the signing of the Iran-Libya Oil Sanctions Act, is a direct challenge to our policy of economically isolating Iran...I urge you in the strongest of terms to seek a dialogue...
U.S. Fails to Obtain U.N. Backing for Unilateral Actions in Iraq
U.S. Fails to Obtain U.N. Backing for Unilateral Actions in IraqNot for the first time, it is Alice in Wonderland time at the U.N. A disappointed U.S. Ambassador Madeleine Albright described the UN Security Council as "not very effective," when it failed...
U.S. Policy on Palestine from Wilson to Clinton
U.S. Policy on Palestine From Wilson to ClintonAs U.S. elections near, those concerned with events in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict may wonder how either the Democratic or Republican nominee for president will handle such issues as U.S. aid to Israel,...